It’s been a long road, but you’ve stuck with us for 3 posts. You’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. The sweat and tears. But at last our mystery comes to an end. You can recap the start and middle if you want to relive the glory days. But I really couldn’t draw out the suspense for this door project any further, even if I wanted to.
So without further stalling…
We’re happy to say, this
case door is closed!
Or maybe we’ll leave it open awhile —
The game’s on!
How bout those Wild, eh? *In her best northerner accent*
I’ve Been Framed
I should first tell you that we made the decision to frame out the doorway, so we’d have ample room to install the door’s sliding track. It also lowers the door to the the height of the front door and closet. It looks more natural to make the sliding door flush with everything else rather than super tall.
You can see that we added about 8″
We did this by creating an extension of the wall with 2×4’s, sheetrock, putty, and paint.
I had never really framed out a door, but Steve and Joe have plenty of experience.
I decided I’d take on a side project…
Making my treasure map.
And sealed it up for all of eternity. Or until the next home owner tears open the wall to find a gift!
We sealed it shut with a cut piece of sheetrock and did the ole tape and mud routine.
Once that was dry we reputtied, resanded, reputtied, resanded, and then we were able to disguise the extension with matching paint. This is the area to mount the door track.
Naturally, we put up the door early on to just get a preview.
Joe and Steve put a lot of time into making the track.
They did a great job.
Making sure it would line up just over the entrance.
This was probably the most challenging part of the operation.
Due to the fact that the mirrors beveled the wall out and we had a shelf to consider.
We had to decide if we would use the handles or not…
In the end we took a different approach. Again, we had to notch out a place for this inset handle.
A router would have been nice, but the dremel tool worked just fine.
So now we can resume our scheduled broadcasting!
Which happens to be the Wild/Blackhawks game.